Though a little bit of fall was in the air on a brisk Monday morning, an early start to the Blaine County School District’s academic year brought a warm welcome from teachers and administrators. Across all eight buildings, 3,297 students kicked off the 2019-20 edition—96.7 percent of the 3,419 enrolled as of this week, according to district Director of Communications Heather Crocker. But it wasn’t just the students’ first day—some 37 new hires started, too, including Hailey Elementary Principal Toni Boush, seen here welcoming student Kadrea Fisher and her mom. “It’s always better when the little people show up,” Boush said. “You gotta love it.”

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